Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,815,150
Catalog: KM-107
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.06 (5/30/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1873 ARROWS 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The year 1873 was a seminal one in U.S. numismatics. Henry R. Linderman began his second term as Mint director, serving until 1878. The Latin Monetary Union, comprising France, Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland, adopted a gold standard. The 'Crime of '73' legislated the two cent piece, trime, and silver half dime out of existence, omitted the Seated Liberty silver dollar from the list of authorized coins, introduced the Trade dollar, and increased the weight of minor silver coinage. The half dollar's weight increased from 12.44 gm to 12.50 gm of .900 fine silver. The Trade dollar contained 27.22 gm of .900 fine silver--an excess of nearly 9% compared with the silver content of two half dollars--ensuring that it would not circulate domestically.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/25/2014

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1873 ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 57.50 70.00 120 280 450 480 550 730 1200 1550 1950 3950 17250 35000 - - - -
$ 310 490 525 600 800 1325 1700 2150 4500 19000 38500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 270
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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6/7/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 3981


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9/4/2011 NGC Details VF Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1271 $168.00
6/17/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Teletrade Auction 3295, 3295/Lot# 1869 $195.50
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1740 $6,462.50
12/23/2012 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/23/2012, 54/Lot# 89643 $165.00
9/22/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 770, 779/Lot# 894 $450.00
1/12/2014 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 162542 $90.20
1/19/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131404/Lot# 26179 $272.60
1/7/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 10374 $822.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14716312724237838381066111012061427168318862161243334276437842813034205103258438833
15216391322543801914108111421280151217511978225227644430710199631552624535346670
00000091410811142128015121751197822522764443071019963155262453500
000000990109511741353159818182069234230965434776411499180182855900
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2161
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2079
Owner: jacmitch
 
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